Yesterday I filled-in at my school’s summer camp. When I arrived at noon, children were at lunch. After all the hugs and hollers, they begged for a ‘Jennie Story’, especially Mason. Interestingly, Mason has never been in my class. He was a kindergartner this past year. Like many children, he has heard my Jennie Stories through the school grapevine.
Later in the day, I was in the bathroom with Mason as he changed out of his wet bathing suit. Bear in mind that the mind of a child is far more brilliant and fascinating than we realize. The recall of a moment or a story or a song can be spontaneous. And that’s exactly what happened in the bathroom with Mason.
The conversation went something like this:
“Jennie, I wish we could sing the rainbow song at camp.”
“What is the rainbow song? Can you sing some of it for me?”
Then Mason sang a few words, “Red and yellow and…”
“Mason, I know that song! I love that song. You sang it at your kindergarten graduation. I remember. Can you sing it again for me?”
Mason puffed up his chest with pride. Yet, he had a somewhat worried look. I could tell he was missing kindergarten and this song, and he wanted to be able to sing it to me.
“Mason, can I sing along with you?”
He smiled and nodded at the same time.
Together we sang “I Can Sing a Rainbow.” It was joyous. Mason was terrible. I was worse. We barely remembered the words. But, that didn’t matter at all. Mason needed to sing and remember, and I was lucky to tag along and be there for him.
After singing, we smiled and headed out to the playground. Mason stopped.
“I love you, Jennie.”
“I love you, too, Mason.”
And that was that. Five minutes in the bathroom can be the best teaching, and an even better giving.